This week, it was announced that 42-year-old Christopher K. Coleman of Troy, Illinois had been indicted with embezzlement from the Lessie Bates David Neighborhood House. The organization receives federal funds. Coleman is accused of embezzling funds from July 2016 to December 2017. During this time, Coleman served as the organization’s executive director.
The indictment also accuses Coleman of concealing his crime by creating and using false invoices. The Lessie Bates David Neighborhood House is a non-profit, faith-based organization based out of East St. Louis, Illinois. The organization’s mission is to improve the quality of life for residents of all ages by offering childhood development services, individual and family support services, and more.
Coleman will make his initial appearance on June 25, 2019. At this point in time, he is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. The charge of embezzling money from an organization that receives federal funds carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. Further details can be found here.